I really wish that I had listened to the previous review and stayed away. But I figured that the complaint was so long ago that maybe it was a misunderstanding. I was comparing this company and the Homestead Ranch sleigh ride, and I chose this one over the Homestead Ranch because even though homestead is cheaper, and you get a private ride for no extra cost, I thought that the experience would be far greater here after speaking with one of the employees. I was sold pretty hard on the idea of riding in a sleigh along a river to get to a private cabin and eat a delicious home cooked dinner.
But from the first moment I arrived, I became disappointed. There wasn't enough snow to ride on the sleigh, so we had to use the wagon wheels instead. In my opinion, they should've called that morning to inform us of this. If I wanted a wagon ride, I would've gone to temple square and acquired a private carriage and gone up Memory Grove for a 45 minute ride. Instead, my husband and I, along with 20-30 other people piled into a wooden like trailer with seating that faced side to side like a hay ride. The ride wasn't longer than 15 mins, I could still see the road and cars driving past from our seats. We headed away from where our cars where parked then made a U loop back to the cabin that was only approx. 150 feet from where we parked our cars.
They partially redeemed themselves with a charming cabin that had lights strung, and inside the cabin were banquet log tables (not too sturdy I might add, almost fell over a couple of times, yikes!) but they did have place cards for where your party was to sit. They have live entertainment that included a solo guitarist that did a pretty good job, he even took requests. I made sure to leave him a tip, but he was probably the most enjoyable thing about the evening.
However, we were seated so close to the guitarist that we couldn't speak to one another from across the table. We ended up pulling out my husband's phone and texting back and forth in order to have a conversation.
There was a bowl of soup on our plates when we arrived that was a bit warmer than room temperature, and it tasted very similar to a canned soup, although I can't be certain if that is what it was. They served dinner in a buffet line however I was really confused as to when we were supposed to go get the next item of food. No one announced it and we didn't have a server for our table, or if we did, they never introduced themselves to us. We served ourselves, and the food was okay. I ate the beef, potatoes and beans but wasn't blown away by flavor as I had been told I would be. It certainly wasn't worth the price.
(see part2 below)